Hometown: Harrison, NY
Profession: Math Teacher
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I’ve been playing sports since I was about 4 years old. I’m actually hard pressed to think of a childhood memory that didn’t involve playing some sport. My main sports were soccer, track, and baseball in middle school and high school. I was actually lucky enough to play on an international soccer team for three years during high school and got to travel all over the world! During college I was on the crew, soccer, softball, lacrosse and rugby team. After college I discovered triathlon and fell in love with the sport. I wound up getting sponsored, racing ironman and coaching while running a triathlon shop in NYC.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I had my first child, Taylor, about 6 months after moving to Naples. Taylor was born a little early and was born with very little muscle tone. After spending about 2 years taking care of Taylor’s medical issues I realized that I had totally lost all of my fitness and had gained a ton of weight. I didn’t have enough time to get back into triathlon so I started looking around for something that wouldn’t take too much time but would kick my butt into shape. I did some ‘googling’ and decided CrossFit was probably a perfect fit for both my personality and time restrictions. I found a gym and tried out a class.
What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? My first WOD is a bit of a blur but I remember burpees, squats and I think deadlifts. I would say the workout was a little overwhelming given I was so out of shape and totally clueless about form but at the same time it definitely peaked my interest. I remember being so sore for at least 2-3 days after that workout but to be honest that is what kept me coming back … I love feeling sore since it makes you feel like you accomplished something!
Favorite CF Movements: Thrusters and Cleans … I love a challenge!
Least Favorite Movements: Doubles … I feel like I was never able to make any progress with these!
Favorite Cheat Meal: There are so many its hard to say but I do love my pasta after all I’m Italian!
Favorite Paleo Meal: Shepherd’s pie(modified of course ;))
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? Haha … most of my friends/family know everything about me … I tend to talk a lot but I guess most people don’t know that I like to read … I tend to do it when no one is around and it goes against my personality since I have a hard time staying still!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I feel strong in a way that is so different from the strength I gained in the other sports I have played. My energy levels are up but at the same time I’m sleeping so much better at night. Since combining the paleo diet with the CrossFit workouts i’m finally making some progress towards losing weight and more importantly improving my body composition!
What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? I finally feel like its ok for me to take care of myself and not feel guilty … I’ve struggled over the last few years to balance spending time with my kids and taking care of myself.
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? Don’t be scared … just keep showing up! It will always hurt after the workout but you will learn to embrace the pain!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I mainly spend my extra time hanging out with my kids … having a 6 year old and a 10 month old in the house doesn’t leave much time for hobbies. I do dream about getting back into cycling and triathlon but no time for that now!
Thursday March 5th, 2015
A) 7 sets:
- 2 Press
- 2 Push Press
- 2 Push Jerk/ Split Jerk -Go for heaviest load
(Score heaviest load)
B) Max 5mins: DB Snatch (70/45)
- 5 minutes: Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats)
- 5minutes: Row (Max Calories)